A&E Waiting-Times Figures Fall To Lowest Level Since March

29 November 2016, 11:06 | Updated: 29 November 2016, 11:07

Emergency department waiting-times are being "closely monitored'' after the weekly performance reached its lowest level since March.

In the week ending November 20, 91.6% of patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at core A&E units - the lowest percentage since early March and missing the Scottish Government's 95% target.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said it had been a busy week for emergency departments, with attendance figures "significantly above'' the same week last year.

The figures show there were 25,288 attendances last week compared with 23,912 in the week ending November 22, 2015.

The latest statistics also revealed 196 patients (0.8%) spent more than eight hours in an emergency department while 41 patients (0.2%) waited more than 12 hours.

Ms Robison said: "Week-to-week A&E performance will fluctuate and we are monitoring this closely to ensure no-one is waiting longer than absolutely necessary in our emergency departments.

"Last week was a busy week for our A&Es in Scotland, with attendances significantly above last year.

"Scottish Government officials are working together with hospitals and boards to improve hospital processes to increase the percentage of patients discharged before noon, discharging patients at weekends at the same rate as on weekdays and strengthening community capacity to reduce delayed discharges.''

The Government has allocated an extra #3 million for boards to support their preparations for winter.